Profile of President-elect Mamnoon Hussain

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 9:43:08 by

Mamnoon Hussain was born on March 2‚ 1940 in Agra‚ India and migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947.

Hussain served for a short time as Governor Sindh from June to October 1999. He was removed after the military coup of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in October 1999.

He was holding the position of the senior vice-president in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) unless his election as the President. He resigned the party position on Tuesday.

He did MBA from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi as well as Darse Nizami course. Mamnoon Hussain originally hails from Agra (India).

Originally a businessman‚ Mamnoon Hussain started his politics as a Muslim Leaguer in 1969.

He was made joint secretary of the Karachi chapter of the League when former minister of state for foreign affairs Zain Noorani was its president.

Mamnoon Hussain has his textile business and office in Allahwali Market Karachi.

He was seen actively involved in the PML-N since 1993 when Nawaz Sharif was in the opposition.

After the promulgation of military rule in October 1999‚ Mamnoon Hussain firmly stood with Nawaz Sharif when multitudes of PML-N leaders simply abandoned their party.

During all this period starting in 1993‚ Mamnoon Hussain has held different positions in the Sindh branch of the party.

Mamnoon Hussain is a Karachi-based businessman. He completed his higher education in Karachi. Hussain is an alumni of the prestigious Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, where he graduated from in 1965.

He is known to be a long time loyalist of Sharif and was associated with the Muslim League PML-N through the 70s and 80s.

He also previously served as an adviser to then chief minister of the province, Liaquat Jatoi.

Political analysts are of the view that Hussain was picked for the highest position because of his loyalty to Nawaz Sharif during the difficult time when Musharraf dismissed and sent him into exile in 1999.

It is also believed that Sharif’s chose him as he belongs to other province than Sharif’s Punjab province.  PML-N is weak in Sindh and his selection may be a move to have some political influence in the province.  Sindh is the stronghold of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party. 

In 2002, Hussain contested the elections from a Karachi’s National Assembly seat but had faced defeat.

He is likely to be sworn in on September 9.

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